Why you should lose your licence for using your mobile phone while driving06 October 2016
Motorpoint blogger and former Motoring Editor at The Sun Ken Gibson explains why he'd like to see people lose their licence for using their mobile phone while driving
The decision by the Government to double the fines for drivers caught using their mobile phone at the wheel has sparked arguments everywhere I have been lately.
Drivers caught will now receive a minimum £200 fine and six points on their license and I for one am fully behind the stiffer penalties. To put it bluntly someone holding their phone while driving is a danger not only to themselves but also other motorists. You only have to look at the statistics for the number of people who have died because of accidents involving drivers being on the phone.
I don't mind admitting that I am no saint and that a few years ago I was stopped and rightly fined for using my phone. I did have an ear peice but on that particular day I'd forgotten it, and like so many of us, couldn't resist answering a call to my phone while on the move.
Ever since then I've always been hands free but I still reflect on what could have been had I caused an accident driving one handed with a phone to my ear. Holding a phone when you are driving is a serious distraction. Typcial effects include drifting out of lanes, erratic speeds and generally being less aware of what is around you which in turn affects your anticipation of hazards. And things are getting worse because you now have idiots texting on the phone while driving, an even bigger distraction that just talking.
The dangers of driving and using your mobile reminds me of drink driving in the past, both unnecessarily put lives at risk and that for me is criminal. Drink driving has now finally become socially unacceptable and the same thing should happen with mobile phone users.
Sadly it is amazing how selfish people can be. They appear to value their social connectivity on the phone more than they value their safety and even more importantly the safety of other drivers. I think being the cause of someone losing their life in an accident because you were using your mobile as you drove would be a burden that would live with you for the rest of your life. And that’s not something I could live with.
So if it takes tougher fines and the now very real threat of drivers losing their license then so be it!
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About the author
Ken Gibson was Motoring Editor for The Sun for 23 years during which time he became one of the best known motoring newspaper journalists in the world. Over that period Ken tested thousands of cars from super minis to SUVs and super cars, and drove millions of miles all over the world.
As well as writing a blog covering the motoring issues of the day, he also independently road tests and creates video reviews on a cross section of cars sold by Motorpoint.